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Lotería de la Migración and the Visual Languages of Advocacy


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Lotería de la Migración and the Visual Languages of Advocacy
Exhibition Opening and Panel Discussion

Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics / Institute for Public Knowledge
20 Cooper Square
5th Floor
Thursday, April 19, 2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

How do visual and textual languages speak to each other—and to us—about complex personal and political experience?

Lotería de la Migración, on view on the fifth floor of 20 Cooper Square from April 19, 2018 through May 31, 2018, reimagines the traditional Mexican Lottery card game and its striking iconography as emblems of the logistical and legal obstacles to Central American and Mexican migration to the United States. Lotería serves as an occasion for this searching discussion about intricate relationships between art, text, culture, and the politics of migration.

The event will be co-moderated by Marcial Godoy-Anativia (Managing Director of the NYU Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics), and Suzanne Maria Menghraj (Chair of Contemporary Culture and Creative Production, NYU Global Liberal Studies), with panelists Alexandra Délano Alonso (Associate Professor and Chair of Global Studies, The New School), Richard Arthur Fleming (artist, writer, and documentarian), and Catherine Taylor (Co-Director, Image Text Ithaca and ITI Press).

Alexandra Délano Alonso is Associate Professor and Chair of Global Studies at the New School. Her research focuses on diaspora policies, the transnational relationships between states and migrants, and the politics of memory in relation to undocumented migration. She is the author of From Here and There: Diaspora Policies, Integration and Social Rights beyond Borders (Oxford University Press, 2018).

Richard Arthur Fleming is a writer, artist, and documentarian excited and inspired by the subcultures and vernacular of the global south. He is the author of Walking to Guantanamo, a travelogue about crossing the length of Cuba at the dawn of the millennium. His multi-panel exhibition Lotería de la Migración is the focus of this event.

Catherine Taylor (B.A. Cornell University; Ph.D. Duke University) is a writer and editor who works on a wide range of nonfiction forms—from documentary and literary journalism to lyric essays and hybrid-genre writing. She is the author of You, Me, and the Violence; Apart; and Giving Birth, and she is Co-Director of the Image Text Ithaca MFA program and ITI Press.

Presented by NYU’s Global Liberal Studies and Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics, in association with the Institute for Public Knowledge and Colloquium for Unpopular Culture.